April Newsletter


As I write this the news is much better than we feared. While things are not yet back to normal, we believe that some of the restrictions will be relaxed soon. We will all have to adjust to a new normal.

Thanks to the great response in the neighborhood and I know that we have been pulling together. Please continue to be aware of your neighbors and be prepared to lend a hand, if you are able, and if not report a problem. Keep checking on your neighbors, particularly the ones who are elderly and live alone. That quick phone call, text or email can make a world of difference.

The local food bank is experiencing very high demand due to the unemployment caused by the shutdown. They are seeing people who have never needed help before. When you shop, pick up items for the food bank and drop them off. The Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S Sherman St, Richardson, TX 75081, Map Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm Friday 9:00am-11:30am Phone: (972) 234-8880 thenetwork.org

Block Captains

Thanks to our volunteer block captains. Block captains help out by distrbuting flyers and serving as a contact point on your street.

Window Walk

Thanks to everyone who participated in the window walk. Lots of fun windows to look at. Let’s keep it up. You can do stuffed bears, or if the neighbors on your street want to do different themes, that would be fun also. With May just a few days away a spring theme would be fun.

Annual Business Meeting

We might try an online May business meeting rather than in-person given the restrictions. We will keep you posted. If you are interested in serving on the board, please let Janice Gromadin at elway100@tx.rr.com know.

Membership Drive

We are doing well with memberships, thanks for your support. You can signup anytime. Renew your membership or become a new member and join the flag program now! You will get 5 flag placements from the time your membership is received. Regular placements will resume as soon as the scouts are able to do so safely. You can request that a flag be placed for the duration of the emergency, but the Rotary would like an additional donation to cover the wear and tear on the flag. Go to our website NCPNA.org/join/ and sign up today!

Crime Patrol Report

Crime continues to be very low. We had a report of a package thief in a blue Toyota Solara with a dented fender. If you see a car matching that description, call 911. If you see unusual activity which just does not seem right, don’t hesitate to report it to the police. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open as you walk your dogs and be alert for possible problems.

Fourth of July Parade and Picnic

We are proceeding on the assumption that conditions will permit the July 4th parade and picnic to take place as scheduled on Saturday July 4th, 2020. We will have a parade for families, kids and pets and then have a picnic in the park! It’s always lots of fun and the children really enjoy the activity. Check out the pictures from last year’s event here: ncpna.org/?p=1205 Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Janice Gromadin at elway100@tx.rr.com if you can help with this event.

Little Free Libraries

We have two little free libraries in North College Park. One is at 1217 Windsong, and the other is at 909 Morningstar. Both offer a variety of selections to pass the time, both kids books as well as fiction and nonfiction. Take a walk and check them out!

Welcome Baskets

Vicki Bean leads a team which assembles and distributes welcome baskets to new residents. Last year 10 baskets were handed out. If you know of new arrivals, please let Vicki know at V.Bean@att.net.

Yard of the Month

The Yard of the Month judges checked out the yards and selected a winner and runner-up. 

The runner up is:
Bill & Mary Barnard
1209 Kenshire 

Congratulations!  They received a $25 gift certificate from Bruce Miller Nursery.  

The winner is: 
Gary & Christina McGinty
1105 Horizon

Congratulations!  They received a $25 gift certificate from Bruce Miller Nursery. 

Anyone interested in helping by being a judge should contact Vicki Bean. V.Bean@att.net


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About North College Park Neighborhood Association

NCPNA is a neighborhood association and, unlike a homeowner association, we do not have any authority over anyone’s property. We sponsor activities and projects to help make our neighborhood a more pleasant and safe place to live. Volunteers are always needed, and we look forward to hearing about new ways to achieve our collective goals.

Contact Robert Grinsfelder at rmgrins@aol.com if you can help with any of these activities.

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John Slaughter
NCPNA Newsletter Editor